User roles for collecting metadata

When you add storage systems, switches, and fabrics for monitoring, you must add the credentials of users with the appropriate privileges for collecting metadata. This metadata includes configuration, status, capacity, and performance metadata. It does not include application, personal, or identity data.

The role or user group that is assigned to the user name must have the appropriate privileges to monitor the metadata that is collected for a device.

Roles: The roles and user groups are configured on the device that you add for monitoring.
Security: The user credentials and IP address that you provide for connecting to a device are encrypted and stored securely in the IBM Cloud® instance for IBM® Storage Insights. To collect metadata about the device, that information is transmitted over a secure channel to the locally installed data collector. The information is never stored on the host where the data collector is installed; it exists temporarily in the application memory for the data collector only.
Table 1. User role by device
Type of device Required user role for collecting configuration, status, and capacity metadata (probes) Required user role for collecting performance metadata (performance monitor)
DS8000® Monitor role or role that includes monitoring privileges. Same role as probes
Dell EMC Unity Administrator role. The user must have administrative account credentials for the storage system. Same role as probes
Dell EMC VMAX Administrator role. The user must have administrative account credentials for Solutions Enabler or SMI-S Provider. Same role as probes
Dell EMC VNX Administrator role. The user must have administrative account credentials for Solutions Enabler or SMI-S Provider. Same role as probes
Dell EMC VNXe Administrator role. The user must have administrative account credentials for Solutions Enabler or SMI-S Provider. Same role as probes
Hitachi VSP ViewGroup role or higher and AdminGroup permission for connecting to the Hitachi Command Suite that is associated with the storage system. The user for the Export Tool must have the Storage Administrator (Performance Management) role in the Hitachi Device Manager that connects to the storage system.
FlashSystem 900 Monitor role or role that includes monitoring privileges. Same role as probes
FlashSystem A9000 Any role Monitor role or role that includes monitoring privileges.
FlashSystem A9000R Any role Monitor role or role that includes monitoring privileges.

FlashSystem 5000

FlashSystem 5100

FlashSystem 7200

FlashSystem 9100

FlashSystem 9200

FlashSystem V9000

Monitor role or higher For versions earlier than 8.3.1.2, Administrator, or SecurityAdmin. For 8.3.1.2 or later, any role but some limitations might apply. Learn more
IBM Cloud Object Storage Operator, System Administrator, or Super User role Performance monitoring is not available
IBM Spectrum Accelerate Any role Monitor role or role that includes monitoring privileges.
IBM Spectrum Scale   Any role for file storage. Performance monitoring is not available for object storage.
NetApp Operator role or higher Same role as probes
Pure FlashArray//M Role with read-only permission or higher Same role as probes
Pure FlashArray//X Role with read-only permission or higher Same role as probes
SAN Volume Controller Monitor role or higher For versions earlier than 8.3.1.2, Administrator, or SecurityAdmin. For 8.3.1.2 or later, any role but some limitations might apply. Learn more

Storwize® V3500

Storwize V3700

Storwize V5000

Storwize V7000

Monitor role or higher For versions earlier than 8.3.1.2, Administrator, or SecurityAdmin. For 8.3.1.2 or later, any role but some limitations might apply. Learn more
Storwize V7000 Unified Monitor role or higher Administrator
Switches: Brocade Chassis-role permission or higher Chassis-role permission or higher
Switches: Cisco Network-admin role or network-operator role Network-admin role or network-operator role
VMware vCenter Server resources:
  • ESXi hosts 6.5 or later
  • Virtual machines on ESXi hosts
  • Role: Read Only (minimum). For example, the Administrator role or Virtual Machine Power® User role.
  • Privilege: Browse Datastore
Same requirements as probes
XIV® Any role Monitor role or higher